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Rolling hills and open spaces above the Stroud Valleys and Severn estuary

Minchinhampton Common is a large swathe of open grassland on the hill top and slopes of the Cotswold escarpment. It is a really important archaeological landscape, with prehistoric field systems, burial mounds and the remains of a defensive earthwork, known as The Bulwarks. In the summer the common is grazed by local commoners' cattle.

Rodborough Common lies just to the north of Minchinhampton Common and offers a dramatic panorama overlooking Stroud and the Severn Vale. It is renowned for its colourful array of wild flowers and butterflies, starting with the pasque flower in spring and a superb display of early purple orchids in May.

Kite flying fun

We have loads of kites for you to choose from in our shop © National Trust

Thanks to everyone who flew their kites on the common to celebrate its centenary. The aim was to get 100 kites in the sky to mark 100 years of us caring for the Commons.  Together we managed over 150.

Commons handbook

Grazed by traditional rare cattle breeds, like the belted Galloway © Richard Evans

A helpful handbook has been produced for anyone wanting to know more about the commons, its wildlife, and living near the commons. 

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